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School Notes: Yale Law School
March/April 2024

Heather K. Gerken |

Law Society honors professor

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History John Langbein received the American Society of Comparative Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The organization announced the award, its highest honor, at its annual meeting in October 2023. The award honors living senior comparativists whose writings have changed the shape or direction of American comparative or private international law. Langbein is a leading authority on fiduciary law and a distinguished scholar of legal history. He teaches and writes in four fields: probate and trust law, pension and employee benefit law, Anglo-American and European legal history, and modern comparative law.

Professor’s pioneering research recognized

Professor Tom R. Tyler has been awarded the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology for pioneering and advancing research on legitimacy and procedural justice to increase trust in policing. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and professor of psychology and a founding director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. His research focuses on the nature of interactions between individuals and social institutions, including police. The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is the world’s highest honor in its field. Since 2006, the prize has recognized outstanding achievements in criminological research or the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights.

YLS program named best diversity initiative

The Yale Law School Launchpad Scholars Program, powered by Latham & Watkins, was named the Best Diversity Initiative of 2023 at the American Lawyer Industry Awards. The program is a comprehensive initiative designed to guide members of underrepresented communities through the law school application and admission process. The program provides substantial LSAT preparation, application, and career readiness support, and pairs scholars with mentors from Yale Law School and Latham & Watkins. In its first year, the Launchpad Scholars Program received overwhelming interest, resulting in a diverse class of 25 scholars.  

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